Archive - September 2016

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RPCV Jim Turner Created Hobbit House (Philippines)
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RPCVs talk about writing and publishing at Peace Corps Beyond
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RPCV journalist Christopher Miller (Ukraine)
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Peace Corps Writers Sessions at NPCA Conference
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Talking with Clinton Etheridge (Gambia)
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RPCV author Marne Mueller gives talk — “The Color of Citizenship: The Impact of the Japanese-American Internment during World War II”
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Peace Corps Writer Awards for 2016
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New books by Peace Corps writers — August 2016
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Peace Corps Writers books win Latino Book Awards for 2016
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Clifford Garstang New Anthology: Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II Coming in September (South Korea)

RPCV Jim Turner Created Hobbit House (Philippines)

(Thanks to the ‘heads up’ from Barry Hillenbrand (Ethiopia 1963-65) In the Philippines, Jim Turner’s heartbroken ‘hobbits’ mourn the loss of their patron by William Branigin (c) 2016, The Washington Post. All over Manila, the “little people” are in mourning. Jim Turner (Philippines 1961-63), a former Peace Corps volunteer from Iowa who established the renowned Hobbit House, died on Steptember 8, 2016, at 77 of heart and lung ailments, leaving generations of Philippine dwarfs bereft. The Hobbit House was founded in 1973 as a theme bar and restaurant – a tribute of sorts to Turner’s favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien – and it soon became a haven for the dwarfs he rescued from the capital’s streets and from carnivals and variety shows that demeaned them. He employed dwarfs as waiters, bartenders, cashiers, entertainers, even bouncers. Eventually, they became managers and owners. Over the years, children and grandchildren of the original staff . . .

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RPCVs talk about writing and publishing at Peace Corps Beyond

  On Wednesday, September 21st from 3:15–4:15 pm and then repeated from 4:30 pm–5:30 pm, RPCV authors whose books were influenced by their Peace Corps experience and have been published by the Peace Corps Writers imprint, will participate in panels talking about writing and producing their books. The panels will be moderated by Marian Haley Beil. The panelists are: Emily Creigh (Paraguay 1975–77), who co-authored with and Dr. Martin Amada, Journey to the Heart of the Condor: Love, Loss and Survival in a South American Dictatorship. (Emily will participate only in the second panel.) Kay Gillies Dixon (Colombia 1962—64), author of the the memoir Wanderlust Satisfied Marty Ganzglass (Somalia 1966–68), author of The Orange Tree, a novel set in Somalia, and Somalia – a collection of short fiction. (Marty will participate only in the first panel.) Jay Hersch (Colombia 1964–66), whose Peace Corps memoir is Time Passages Catherine Onyemelukwe (Nigeria 1962–64), whose memoir is Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad. The panels will be presented at: Floyd Heck . . .

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RPCV journalist Christopher Miller (Ukraine)

  Alana DeJoseph (Mali 1992-94) who is working on a film about the Peace Corps entitled, The Towering Task,  has just been filming PCVs in Ukraine and alerted me to a former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ukraine, Chris Miller (Ukraine 2010-2012). Alana writes, “Miller is a highly respected journalist in Ukraine now and does much reporting on the conflict in the east of the country.”   As a PCV, Miller was a Youth Developer Volunteer. He taught, as he writes on Linked In, “English, volunteerism, journalism, IT, healthy living, employment skills, teamwork and sports to Ukrainian youth. I was responsible for the organization of seminars, retreats and camps specializing in sustainable teaching of healthy lifestyles topics by Ukrainian nationals and future PCVs, as well as NGO development. I organized and instructed clubs for local youth, including English clubs, journalism clubs and sports clubs.”   Alana was kind enough to forward to . . .

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Peace Corps Writers Sessions at NPCA Conference

Marvin Center Room 407: Wednesday!, September 21, 2016 3:15 – 4:15 pm: Stories of Peace: Panel Discussion with Marian Haley Beil and Published Peace Corps Authors 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Stories of Peace: Panel Discussion with Marian Haley Beil and Published Peace Corps Authors   Marvin Center Room 403 3:15 – 4:15 pm: Writing Your Peace Corps Story Workshop with John Coyne 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Writing Your Peace Corps Story Workshop with John Coyne Venue Address: Marvin Center – Fourth Floor George Washington University 800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052 (Later that evening we’ll be meeting again for a chat and a drink at Tonic (2036 G Street NW)

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Talking with Clinton Etheridge (Gambia)

   An Interview with Clinton Etheridge Clinton Etheridge served in the Peace Corps in Gambia from 1970-72. A July 2011 trip back to West Africa with his family inspired him to write a reflection piece, “What is Africa to Me?” for the Swarthmore College Bulletin. Tell us a little about your background and where you served I was a secondary school math teacher in Peace Corps Gambia from 1970-1972. I grew up in Harlem, came of age during the civil rights movement, and was a black student leader at Swarthmore College in the late 60s. Like many young blacks of that generation, I wore an afro and dashiki and was “black and proud” and fascinated with Africa. I joined Peace Corps Gambia seeking the answer to the question “What is Africa to me?” posed by Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen in his 1925 Heritage. What was it like to be . . .

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RPCV author Marne Mueller gives talk — “The Color of Citizenship: The Impact of the Japanese-American Internment during World War II”

  On Sunday, September 18, at 4pm, the Hotchkiss Library in  Sharon, Conn. will present, ‘The Color of Citizenship: The Impact of the Japanese-American Internment during World War II.” Author and Sharon resident Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65) will relate her experiences growing up as a Caucasian with her parents in the Tule Lake camp in northern California. A theme of Mueller’s talk is the relationship she sees between the internment camps and the current political climate. Refreshments. Registration preferred. For further information or to reserve a seat, please call the library, 860 364-5041.

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Peace Corps Writer Awards for 2016

  The Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award First given in 1990 this Award was named to honor Paul Cowan, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ecuador. Cowan wrote The Making of An Un-American about his experiences as a Volunteer in Latin America in the sixties. A longtime activist and political writer for The Village Voice, Cowan died of leukemia in 1988. Winner of the 2016 Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award  The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World  by Steven Radelet (Western Samoa 1981-83) • The Maria Thomas Fiction Award This Award is named after the novelist Maria Thomas [Roberta Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73)] who was the author of a well-reviewed novel and two collections of short stories all set in Africa. She lost her life in August, 1989, while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency. She went down in the plane crash that killed Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas. Winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction . . .

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New books by Peace Corps writers — August 2016

  To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com — Click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? — Send a note to peacecorpsworldwide@gmail.com, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions. • Meeting the Mantis: Searching for a Man in the Desert and Finding the Kalahari Bushmen (Peace Corps memoir) John Ashford (Botswana 1990–92) Peace Corps Writers October 2015 216 pages $13.00 (paperback), $4.00 (Kindle) • A House in Trausse (travel) Leita  Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) self-published 2015 30 pages $12.00 (paperback) • Sailing between the Seas: The Panama Canal (travel) Leita  Kaldi Davis (Senegal 1993–96) CreateSpace March 2016 36 pages $15.00 (paperback) • . . .

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Peace Corps Writers books win Latino Book Awards for 2016

On September 8th at the International Latino Book Awards Ceremony was held in Los Angeles, with an attendance of more than 2,000, and actor James Edward Olmos presenting the awards. Authors and publishers gathered at one of the largest cultural awards honoring Latinos at California State University/ Dominguez Hills outside of Los Angeles. Awards were giving for books in a variety of genres, including Children and Youth Adults, Biography, History, Politics & Current Affairs, Cookbooks, Travel, Science Fiction, among others, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Among the award winners were: David Edmonds and his wife and coauthor, Maria Neves Edmonds, who won the prize for best fiction for their novel The Girl in the Glyphs, [Peace Corps Writers, 2016]. The Spanish version of David’s novel Lily of Peru [Peace Corps Writers, 2015],   Liro del Peru, also written by David and Maria, won FIRST PLACE as best translation from English to Spanish. Lirio del Peru also won SECOND PLACE . . .

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Clifford Garstang New Anthology: Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II Coming in September (South Korea)

New Anthology Travels to Twenty More Countries Press 53 announces the publication on September 23, 2016, of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II, an anthology of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries. With a theme of “It’s a Mysterious World,” this exciting addition to the Everywhere Stories series, edited by award-winning author Clifford Garstang (South Korea 1976-77), takes readers on a journey around the globe: to a wrestling match in Turkey, to a mysterious eye doctor in Guatemala, to a homeless man wandering the streets of Chicago, to a religious school in Samoa, to a drowning in Mexico, to a fortune-telling monk in Korea, to a miraculous hotel in Egypt, and to more stories in countries on every continent. With four contributors to the anthology, Cliff will appear at the Book Festival at George Mason University on September 27 at 1:30 pm. They . . .

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